Volunteer with Farmers in Mali and Burkina Faso

Volunteers are at the heart of what we are able to accomplish with farmers in Mali and Burkina Faso. Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds, […]

Let’s Talk About Oyster Mushrooms!

Our volunteer Dr. Khalid worked with two organizations to implement oyster mushroom production to increase food diversity, improve nutrition and eliminate barriers in local foraging. Oyster […]

A group of people in colorful clothing are sitting and talking under a shelter.

Increasing Pig Farming Profitability with Cassava Residue

Last September volunteer, Professor Harouna Maiga of the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus, visited Mali to meet with local agriculture agents to better understand the practices […]

Increasing Women’s Income Generation through Improved Small Ruminant Feeding and Nutrition

This past March, Common Pastures volunteer Andres F. Cibils worked with the Women’s Association of Tiby2 in Mali, West Africa, through Winrock International, to assess and provide technical […]

Farmer to Farmer Volunteer Dan Miller in Klé Sokoro, Mali

Preventing parasitic diseases in small ruminants

This past July, Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Daniel K. Miller visited Mali, including one village in Katibougou (Katibougou Village) and four in the Bougouni area (Bougouni Village, Solla-Bougouda, […]

Crocodiles in Dogon County

Dogon people of Mali: Part 4

Crocodiles play an important role in the villages of Dogon country that have surface water, including Borko.   As the story goes, an ancestor of Kassambara […]

Dogon Mali rock wall paintings

Dogon people of Mali: Part 3

This is part three of a four-part blog series on the Dogon People of Mali, West Africa. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 2   Dogon […]

Dogon Hogon

Dogon people of Mali: Part 2

Dogon Religion   The Dogon community’s life is centered around the Hogon, who is the spiritual leader of the village. The oldest man in the village […]

Dogon Country, Mali

Dogon people of Mali: Part 1

The Dogon are a people of Mali, West Africa. Today, their total population in Mali is estimated at 700,000. They occupy the area, named Dogon Country, […]